TITANS NARROWLY DEFEAT NEIGHBOURS COBRAS

After a 4th quarter score by the Cobras the Titans rallied, marched the field with field with just over two minutes remaining, scoring on the 12 yard Jacob Amadi run and came away with a victory which puts them top of the South West Conference at 4 & 0 and their unabated run continue to a whole calendar year. 

There was no doubting that this game was going to be a lot closer than previous encounters in recent years between the two sides, with the Cobras at 4 & 0 going into the game and having beaten some challenging teams. The very first offensive snap of the game saw the Cobras fumble and Rhodri Pritchard-Jones recover, the conditions were clearly going to be a factor in the game from the off. The majority of the first half saw the Swansea defense snuff out anything the Cobras had to offer white on offense penalties and mistakes halted promising looking drives on offense.

Joe Cotterill got his first pick of the season as the Swansea D continued to dominate, he had a nice return on the play but the offense was not able to capitalise. However, with little time remaining in the second quarter, Cardiff botched a punt and left Swansea with prime field position. After getting down to the goaline, QB Simon George was hauled into the end zone for fourth rushing TD of the year and an important score just before the half.

Going into the third the Titans decided to pound the rock having had some success out of wishbone and playing trust in their defense who had barely given up a first down in the first half. The flow of the game did no change at all. Mid way through the third quarter Defensive Captain Adam Salter got his second pick in as many games, the supsequent drive resulting in a missed field goal.

Into the fourth and a deep pass down the sideline saw a Cardiff receiver beat Corner David Ponting and tie the game up as he found himself in the endzone, 7-7. Building on momentum Cardiff found themselves with the ball mid way threw the fourth before Abbott-Haigh and Dave Prince were in on a forced fumble, recovered by Femi Moark and preventing what looked to be a dangerous drive.

After a possession and punt a piece and little time remaining the Titans found themselves with the ball on their 30 with 2.36 left on the clock. A combination of George, Hughes and Amadi took the ball up field, Amadi broke off a long run to set-up first and goal at the five. A penalty on the play after left the Titans 15 yards from the endzone. A short run was followed by a 12 yard run, between the tackles, bounced outside by Amadi and into the corner of the endzone for the go ahead score. Again Tom Plumbly added the extra point and the game was all but done. Fittingly, Amadi was in on the sack on the final play as Cardiff looked for the Hail Mary with a few seconds left on the clock.

MVPS:                               Jacob Amadi                             Adam Salter